The Mongolia mission was born out of a Macedonian call(call for help) from Rev Puje, whom we supported as a theological student when he came with his family to study at Singapore Bible College from 1998-2002.
Presently, Rev Puje is the only ordained Lutheran pastor of the Bayariin Meede(Good News) Churches in Ulaanbataar(the capital of Mongolia), Darhan(2nd largest city), Khovd(bordering Kazaktan) and Khuder (bordering Russia). He is also the principal of the Union Bible Theological College, the main seminary in Mongolia. A gifted songwriter and singer, he founded the Mongolian Songwriters Fellowship, which is now producing CDs for worship and praise, with many of these songs being used in the Mongolian churches.
Some Facts about Mongolia
Mongolia—the land made famous by Genghis Khan and his conquest and of which many of us come to know only through our history book . Vast. Only 2.8million people. Landlocked. Mysterious. Ignored. Forgotten.
The needs here are great. Many people lack basic infrastructure and sanitation. Alcoholism, spousal abuse, prostitution and street kids are some of the many problems facing the community and there is much social outreach work that needs to be done.
Traditionally Mongolians are Buddhists (of the Tibetan type) but years of Communist oppression produced a secular, corrupt and impoverished society with people longing for light and salvation.
Underlying all these is a great spiritual vacuum in the land. Mongolians need the Lord. They need to hear about the love and hope of God in many of their quietly desperate lives.
Our Call to Mongolia
Mission has always been something near to my heart even since after the first mission trip some almost 15 years ago. But the opportunity to be more directly involved came about only about 5 year ago unexpectedly through Rev Puje Jamsran.
Two years after his graduation, Rev Puje wrote to us about the needs of the Mongolian church. A couple of trips were made. Those trips were very encouraging as we saw how God is using Rev Puje to play strategic, national roles in the young Mongolian Church.
One mission trip led into another, with each trip always with their request to `Please Come Again’. Each trip build on the other, deepening the partnership and relationship. Each trip bring us to feel more deeply for them — something we can’t explain except to believe that it is God who has put the concern and ignited the love in our heart.
As we grew more involved, together we, my wife and I seek God, asking if God might be calling us to serve alongside our Mongolian brothers and sisters in their homeland.
Over a period of seeking, God through the encouragement of His Word, through circumstances and the affirmation of God’s people, we took the step of faith to apply as missionaries to Mongolia.
Going to Mongolia would be a challenge for us in a number of ways, of which we would only trust that His grace would be sufficient for us. Coming from a country, Singapore which is all year round hot and humid and going to Mongolia, a country which is for three quarter of the year cold and dry, would be quite an adjustment for us a family(something we can look forward is the snow we don’t experience and the 4 seasons).
Homeschooling(something totally new) our two children,(11 years old son and 8 years old daughter) and learning the Mongolian’s language(we were told is not one of the easiest language to learn), are among the requests, we ask our praying friends to uphold us especially for the first 2 years.
The church in Mongolia is a young and vibrant church with a short history of about 15 years after almost 70 years of communist rule. We hope to come alongside them both in their faith journey and in advancing the kingdom of God in Mongolia with the Bayariin Meede Church, pastored by Rev Puje.
Partnering the Mongolians
~ Jimmy Khoo